Does anybody actually suppose successive 1-0 victories over Norwich Metropolis and Burnley are the start of one thing particular at Arsenal, the beginning of a vivid new period below Mikel Arteta?
Whereas we’re not saying the Gunners had been undeserving of their three factors at Turf Moor, it’s price declaring they conceded 18 pictures to a struggling Burnley and, if it wasn’t for an exquisite Martin Odegaard free-kick and a few excellent Gabriel Magalhaes defending, the scoreline – and narrative – would look very totally different.
A few slender wins towards two of the league’s poorest sides are fooling no-one.
This Arsenal facet continues to carry out far worse than the sum of its elements, an antithesis to a Brighton and Hove Albion facet sitting fourth within the Premier League desk below Graham Potter, one solitary level adrift of pacesetters Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Is Graham Potter the person to succeed Mikel Arteta at Arsenal?
Potter was famously described by Pep Guardiola as the “best English manager” within the recreation a number of months in the past. Then once more, Pep additionally predicted a number of weeks later that Arteta, his previous Etihad protege, would flip Arsenal into “actual” title challengers (Metro).
Even the good Guardiola will get it improper on occasion.
However Arteta might do worse than take a leaf out of Potter’s ebook – and we don’t imply by rising a scraggly, two-tone chin hotter.
If the previous Swansea Metropolis and Ostersunds boss can flip the enigmatic Yves Bissouma into the self-proclaimed ‘best midfielder in the Premier League’ – if he can get Adam Webster, Neal Maupay and Pascal Gross outplaying the easiest within the land, think about what he might do with Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and an out-of-sorts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, not to mention Arsenal’s smattering of exciting young talent.
Based on TEAMtalk, Arsenal have recognized Potter as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta should this new dawn prove to be one of the ‘false’ variety.
If Brighton beat arch rivals Crystal Palace subsequent week – and if Arsenal lose at house to north London neighbours Tottenham – the clamour for change will solely develop.
And whereas there have been inevitable hyperlinks with Antonio Conte, the miracle-working, silverware-securing former Inter, Chelsea and Juventus boss, Potter ticks lots of the packing containers for Arsenal – free-flowing soccer, a penchant for youth growth and an formidable long-term plan.
Right here’s what some Arsenal supporters on Twitter needed to say concerning the scenario:
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